Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Autopsy Lake



Perfect for a wintery January post, this cover was done for The Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association. The only prompt they gave me was to make an image about Autopsies and the secrets a body holds after death. Art Director, Emma Dalby was great- the content was so open ended and they were looking for something expressive, personal and metaphorical.




A few of you asked about my process for creating this idea... so I thought I'd put up some of my rough thumbnails, which show the visual thread of my thinking.





There are very few of these thoughts that come be useful in the final art, but they are not wasted effort. For me, ideas develop not from careful thought, but from the actual process of drawing.


Above, the drawing I sent to the art director for approval of concept. 




Here, final art as it will appear on the magazine itself. 




Here is a shot of the drawing on my desk, in progress... with my color comp and ice reference. 






8 comments:

Jared said...

Love it.

John Hendrix said...

Thanks Jared!

Jeff Victor said...

John- as always, your work is incredible. I can't wait to see what you come up with next! :)

John Hendrix said...

Thanks Jeff! Next up, decapitation while riding a merry go round.

Melanie said...

A little creepy, but still amazing. I love the colors.

John Hendrix said...

Aw, thanks Mel. Want this to hang above your toilet as well?

Gareth said...

Damn. I love this.

John Hendrix said...

Hi Gareth! Thanks....